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Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 16, Charles Goodger rated it really liked it. My grandfather researched and wrote this a few years before his untimely death from pneumonia in As well as a writer and researcher John Swain real name Charles John Swainston Goodger was a barrister working in the law courts of Newcastle.
Rather than pandering to the sadistic fantasies of psychopaths, "The Pleasure of the Torture Chamber" traces the history of torture meticulously. Its final chapter contains a heartfelt plea for a kinder, more human world. I wonder what my grandfather wo My grandfather researched and wrote this a few years before his untimely death from pneumonia in I wonder what my grandfather would have made of the atrocities of Auschwitz and Birkenau had he survived the war.
This is not a book for the squeamish. However if you are interested in reading about organised cruelty over the years, you will find it fascinating. Apr 20, Steph rated it it was amazing. Great book, just have to keep in mind when it was written. Apr 29, Robert marked it as to-read. No review as yet. Research item as it is a major source in The End of Faith. It does make the point that while torture had been around for some time, it took the Roman Catholic church to really bring it forward and refine it into the standard instrument of applied political power that we know today.
Feb 10, Felisa Rosa rated it really liked it Shelves: history. A wonderfully detailed history of torture techniques throughout the ages. I wouldn't recommend trying to sit down and read it cover to cover--you start to feel a bit unnverved after awhile. Sep 15, Chloe rated it it was amazing. A fantastic source of information.
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